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    16 Reasons You Think You Hate Tequila

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    1. Thinking all tequilas are the same.

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    Like wine, the kind of tequila depends on many things: its preparation, aging time, whether it's 100% agave, and so on.

    2. Using a shot glass to drink tequila, regardless of what kind it is.

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    It's traditional, but not always correct. Shot glasses were made to imitate cow horns, which cattle ranchers used to drink tequila in the old days, when it was home distilled and tasted like pure alcohol.

    These days, shot glasses should only really be use with certain white tequilas, which tend to be a bit stronger.

    For more aromatic tequilas you're better off with one of these:


    The shape of a champagne flute concentrates the aroma towards your nose and mouth, so you can smell the tequila and familiarize yourself with the flavor before you drink.

    If you prefer to drink tequila with ice, use an Old Fashioned glass.

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    Ice helps cut the alcohol and water can actually make tequila release more flavors.

    For extra-aged tequilas or really any special or fancy tequilas, use a snifter.

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    A snifter will help oxygenate the tequila so you can really savor it in all its splendor.

    3. Only drinking tequila with salt and lime.

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    If you really want to taste the agave in your tequila, just drink it straight, with no chasers or additives. The acidity in lime acts as a palate cleanser, and salt is good for enhancing flavor, but a good tequila doesn't need either.

    4. Drinking too fast.


    Shots are fine if you want to get wasted and you're not particularly interested in enjoying or tasting your booze, but tequila doesn't (or shouldn't, at least) taste like old, harsh moonshine from the prohibition days.

    Instead, take a breath and gently sip your tequila so that it just barely touches your tongue. Don't slurp, or else you'll let air in with the tequila and it will taste like rubbing alcohol. Let the flavors dissolve in your mouth before you swallow.

    5. Not smelling it before drinking.

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    Before you drink tequila, it's a good idea to smell the inside of the glass and get acclimated to the aromas. It also makes it easier to identify the different flavor notes later. If you feel like experimenting, swirl your tequila in a glass and observe how the aromas change as it oxygenates.

    6. Buying the wrong one.

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    Look for 100% agave tequila. The so-called "blended" tequilas are 49% something other than tequila, and having another type of liquor mixed in really messes up the flavor. If you make sure you're drinking real, unadulterated tequila, the rest just depends on your personal tastes.

    7. Choosing your tequila based purely on the bottle or price.

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    Price isn't necessarily a sign of quality. Generally, they charge more for the design, the brand, or the origin. Unless you're super passionate about branding, choose a 100% agave tequila in a plain bottle over a blended tequila in a sequined bottle.

    8. Choosing tequila for its color.

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    Darker tequilas aren't better, they're just different. Before committing to one type, try them all and figure out which you like best.

    White tequila is younger, and it's bottled just after it's distilled.

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    It tastes more like agave. You may also notice citrus in its fresh and sweet aroma.

    Reposado tequila has spent at least six months in an oak barrel.

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    It's amber in color and has a bit more body. Its flavor is smoother and it tastes a bit salty, with notes of butter, caramel, and spices.

    Añejo tequila has spent at least 14 months in an oak barrel.

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    Aged tequila is the smoothest, with very little alcohol taste. Although it still tastes like agave, its flavor is dominated by smoked oak, vanilla, caramel, and spices.

    There are also other modern tequila variations, such as crystalline tequila.

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    Don't confuse it with white tequila. It's actually an aged tequila that's been filtered through carbon to recover some of the agave flavor lost during the aging process. The first taste is smooth and deep, like you might expect from an aged tequila, but the aftertaste is citric and fresh, like a white tequila.

    9. Chilling tequila.

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    This really depends on personal preferences, but if you like the flavor of tequila, it's actually better not to chill or refrigerate it. The cold can mask aromas, which really flourish at room temperature. It also dulls your sense of taste, which keeps the flavors from fully coming through.

    If you insist, add an ice cube instead.

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    An ice cube–especially a big one like you might see in a tumbler of scotch–will keep the tequila from getting too cold. Also, as the ice melts, the water can help bring out the aromas and flavors of the agave as well.

    10. Never pairing their tequila with food.

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    Even just referring to it as "pairing" feels so pretentious and intimidating. Sometimes it just seems easier to drink tequila on its own without risking the flavor. But pairing foods with tequila is easier than it seems.

    Pair white tequilas with fish and seafood.

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    White tequila helps draw out the silky texture and sweetness in seafood.

    Reposado tequila goes really well with more robust dishes, such as meats, moles, and sauces.

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    Since it's neither as fresh as white tequila or as complex as añejo tequila, a reposado adapts to hearty and flavorful dishes and reinforces the dish's flavor.

    Añejo tequila goes better with desserts and spicy dishes.

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    Because of its nature, aged tequila highlights the flavors of sweet foods and cuts the heat of spicy dishes.

    11. Not storing it well.

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    Tequila won't spoil, but it will evaporate. Store it in a glass bottle with a good seal and keep it out of direct sunlight, or else it will lose some of its characteristic flavors.

    12. Mixing it irresponsibly.

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    Listen, it's fine if you like tequila with soda, or sugary drinks, or orange juice, or even jelly beans. If you're going to mix it with any of that stuff, go with an inexpensive white tequila. If you use another type of tequila, all the complex flavors and aromas will be lost in your mixers. You'll be paying for all those flavors that you just won't taste.

    13. Say no to making your own cocktails.

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    Blending the complex flavors of a reposado or an añejo can be difficult, but it's not impossible. The cocktail above, for instance, has reposado tequila, ancho chile liqueur, Amaro, grapefruit, lime and agave. But it's better to leave something like that to the professionals.

    14. Drinking too much of it.

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    You can get drunk, or you can enjoy a good tequila, but never both. If you're just looking to pass out by the end of the night, stick to something cheaper. If you're looking to enjoy a good drink, take it easy.

    15. Putting up with tequilas that are rough or cause a hangover.

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    If tequila really burns going down and leaves you in agony the next day, it's not good tequila. Of course, drinking a whole bottle of pretty much anything will probably give you a headache the next day.

    16. Thinking that there is only one way to drink tequila.

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    We're just here to offer advice. Now it's up to you to discover how you like it best. One last piece of advice: the best way to drink any type of tequila is with friends who are there to have fun. Spread the good word, buy someone a drink, and show them how it's done.

    We want to thank Enrique de Colsa, tequila expert from the Don Julio Distillery and Luis Miguel Moreno, its brand ambassador, for their invaluable assistance in the preparation of this post.

    This post was translated from Spanish.

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